Ditka Update: Yesterday I got a press release that Senator Mark Kirk was hosting Da Legendary Coach Mike Ditka for a lunch with fellow Senators in Washington. Interestingly, Ditka has been mentioned in the past as a possible senate candidate himself.
I didn't mention this yesterday because I didn't want to unnessarily drag up the fact that we here at Team America were instrumental in investigating the 'he said, she said' story of whether Ditka had endorsed one of Kirk's opponents during the primary election. However, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times decided to mention that, so here it is. Note that Sweet didn't even bother to name the "rival" who the snafu was all about. So much for that 15 minutes of fame, Mr. Rival.
Anyway, as Sweet points out, it seems Da Coach is clearly pulling for Team Kirk now.
UPDATED: Here is a press release from Senator Mark Kirk on Coach Ditka's visit to DC:
WASHINGTON - Today, United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill) was joined by former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka for a weekly lunch attended by Republican Senators. Senator Kirk released the following statement regarding Coach Ditka's visit:
“I am humbled and honored that “Iron Mike” Ditka, a legendary NFL player and coach, would accept my invitation to join our “Thursday Group” luncheon on Capitol Hill. ‘Da Coach’ is someone who set a standard of excellence and determination and achievement that we all strive to achieve every day as we dedicate ourselves to representing the citizens of this great nation.
“In modern Chicago sports history, perhaps one man more than any other symbolizes the “City of Big Shoulders” and its “can-do” spirit.” Mike Ditka not only coached the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl championship in 1985, but he played tight end for the “Monsters of the Midway” in 1963, which was the last time the Bears had won an NFL championship.”
To see footage of coach Ditka's visit, click here.